Painting and Mixed Media

Painting and Mixed Media Artists

(in alphabetical order by surname)


Ann Ambler
- Thames Artist

Wax is the medium that has linked all my artistic endeavours. Wax on the bottom of pots, wax resist glazing and for tie dying of fabric, which lead to working commercially with wax chop printing in the garment industry, producing yards and yards of fabric.

When I learned in 1985 about Egyptian Al Fayum Mummy portraits, I was fascinated by the encaustic methods described and delighted to see the originals in the British museum when I visited in 2010.

Back in Bali, after a study trip to Mexico to learn about modern encaustic painting, set to develop my technique and ideas in hot wax.

When Rebecca Crowel published her book on painting with cold wax, I followed this technique with wax which was quite different from encaustic, but still wax painting using beeswax, oil paint and a solvent medium.

Sheree Arden

My art is an expression of my love and appreciation for the nurturing beauty of Mother Nature.

I like to paint in soft pastel or oil paints.


Marianne Braithwaite

When you paint in watercolour you really only have a small window of opportunity to make significant change.

After many years of working with watercolour, I am currently enjoying the freedom of playing with texture and form and taking as much time as I choose.

Deb Brock

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Lorraine Brown

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Jeanne-Marie Cantereau

I am a watercolourist artist from Thames where I have an established Studio-Gallery.

Information and work can be seen on my website: 


Shizuyo (Sue) Colquhoun
- Thames Artist

Sue was born, educated and studied art in Japan. "Painting is my friend - gives me lots of joy and thoughts".

Watercolour perfectly expresses the free side of my nature’.

Sue has won many watercolour awards.

Kay de Blaauw

"I am a mixed media artist known for a modern eclectic style, and use of bold colour, texture and free flowing form.

My artistic journey began in childhood. I grew up in a family that valued art and freedom of expression, and often had a paintbrush in my hand. In adulthood I have continued experimenting, both with textiles and paint. My formal training with water colour and life classes at the Waikato Society of Arts, progressing to modern art and abstract courses at Whitecliff. 


Susan Dunster
- Tairua Artist

Susan works in different media – oil paint, acrylic, mixed media, collage and original printmaking.

She likes playing with different possibilities and the feeling quality of the varied media.

Susan likes exploring how well they can express alternate subject matter.

Jacquie Ellis

A visual artist of light and colour, Jacquie's work is inspired by seasons, landscapes and seascapes, incorporating her diverse talents using oils, acrylics and pastels. 

With her subject matter always changing, the viewer will enjoy the fresh and original approach this brings to her paintings. 

Her creativity also extends to resin creations on wood and tiles, mixing and changing colours and styles to create original and unique works.  Jacquie's work is frequently published in NZ calendars.


Val Enger

Born in West Auckland the surrounding landscapes and beaches have inspired her to paint these scenes.  She paints abstract and more realistic scenes.

Her colour palettes sing and radiate great energy and are often moody and compelling. “Organic forms and shapes appear everywhere we look and invoke a reaction that connects me to nature”.


Jan McIvor

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Jewel Lynam

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Paula Mc Neil
- Tairua Artist

Paula is an exhibiting artist with a nationwide reputation. She is an award-winning artist of some distinction.

She allows the viewer to enjoy their journey through the many aspects of her work. Paula works in all mediums, surprising the viewer with her diverse use of colour and approach to modernism.

Gary Nevin

Gary Nevin lives at Whenakite and makes his versions of humans and animals.

Visit our garden gallery at 1367 State Highway 25, Whenuakite, Whitianga.

Dennis Raines

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Sue Dove-Steenson

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David Stone

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Vaughan Udall

Painter and Printer... A kauri tree stands at the entrance to his studio nestled in the native bush. It is here that he gets his inspiration working in acrylic, oil, pastels and printmaking.

The love of colour and movement is what he aims to convey in his work – a loose contempary style.

Vaughan also runs workshops.

Irina Velman

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Barbara von Seida
- Coromandel Artist

Barbara’s gallery is her cliff top home over looking Long bay, Coromandel. Her painting form part of numerous private and corporate collections.

"What you are seeing is the work of a very accomplished artist." Terry (TJ) McNamara - art critic, Mairangi Art Centre Exhib.

Colleen Waite

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Wendy Walls
- Whitianga Artist

Wendy is a full-time mixed media artist residing in Whitianga. She paints both abstract and realistic subjects in vibrant colour and rich texture, using gels, pastes, fluid acrylics and collage. See

As well as maintaining her art practice, Wendy runs mixed media art workshops in Whitianga for all levels and abilities. She is a Golden Certified Instructor for Golden Artist Colors of New York, and the driving force behind the popular Chasing Mercury Art Workshops


Lesley Weston

Lesley enjoys the natural scenery of the Coromandel which inspires creativity to her acrylic paintings.


Largely self taught she enjoys working with different styles and strives to present an original focus.

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